Ministry - "Effigy (I'm Not An)": "There's something about Al J dressing up in faux-goth-Brit trappings that makes me think of Halloween dress-up...thus my Halloween post today."
Friday, October 31, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Mahogany - "One Plus One Equals Three Or More": "I know I'm breaking my own rules by blogging the same song twice (a first!), but I'm obsessed with this song and couldn't stop myself. Plus they were owed bonus points for making phrases like "inverse the arc with positension" sound cool. This is the way to the new connectivity..."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/27/2008 04:53:00 PM
Friday, October 17, 2008
The B-52's - "Funplex": "This song from the new B-52's record is classic Kate and Cindy - especially the catchy chorus - but, although I am usually a big fan, it could have done with a little less Fred. Still, the nonsensical call-and-response exchange of "'Hey lady!' 'What?' 'What lady?' 'That lady!'" tickles me. (It sounds better in the song, trust me.)"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/17/2008 05:27:00 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Grace Jones - "Warm Leatherette": "I felt compelled to post a Grace song after seeing Vamp this last weekend, as part of an October-long study in horror movies. The movie isn't great, per se, but Ms. Jones left me speechless, as usual - which is funny, since her character doesn't even speak in the movie. Then again, after she writhes around nearly naked, outside of Keith Haring-applied body paint, she really doesn't have to."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/16/2008 08:16:00 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Blue Man Group w/Venus Hum - "I Feel Love": "...and, while nothing can top Donna Summer's masterful tranced-vocals-vs.-Kraftwerk-future original, Blue Man Group and Venus Hum's aggro-percussive take on the track is also worth noting. The original depends on a strangely icy cool, while this version throws all abandon to the wind. They also get extra credit points here for replacing the key synthesizer line with odd percussion, somehow playing the same role in the song while giving it a different tonal quality."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/15/2008 12:10:00 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Giorgio Moroder - "Chase": "Classy Euro-disco, from the movie Midnight Express, no less. I think the SF Muni system would be much more enjoyable if they played this on the buses, etc., 24/7...not like it isn't already a mega-loop on its own already.
(This track does also recall Giorgio's later Never Ending Story score as well.)"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/13/2008 05:56:00 PM
Friday, October 10, 2008
Juliana Hatfield - "Universal Heart-Beat": "I freaking *love* this song - rock me, Juliana!
An aside: I used to have the Only Everything poster in my bedroom when this record came out. In the photo, Juliana was posed with her wrists pointed up to the camera - which, in my morbid interpretation of the photo, was her offering her wrists up and crying 'I've given you only everything'...which was kinda goth, don't you think? Kinda goth for me, anyway. I'm sure the photo was completely light-hearted to anyone else..."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/10/2008 04:25:00 PM
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Something I Can't Have": "JAMC had a great skill for making songs like this that could be up-tempo, distortingly loud, catchy - and yet completely melancholy. This song has bounced around compilations for a while (I believe it's originally a b-side), so I'm glad to see it find a home on the new JAMC box set."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/08/2008 01:49:00 PM
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
Friday, October 03, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
My Bloody Valentine - "Only Shallow": "Last night, My Bloody Valentine played S.F. and washed away all the fears of them not being able to pull it off live, despite the many years out of commission. "Only Shallow" was a particular highlight, sounding even more aggressive than it does on record, with the 'distorted whalesong' (I can't explain it any other way) reaching even more extreme heights. Of course, this did not compare to their set closer which, as one fan in attendance recalled in a press article, sounded like a jet crashing at 300 miles per hour for 20 minutes. It was literally 20 minutes of noise that is hard for me to put into words and I'm sure I'll never hear anything like it again."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 10/01/2008 06:42:00 PM